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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writing Quotes

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge
is limted. Imagination encricles the world." -Albert Einstein

I find it odd that a genius like Albert Einstein would say that imagination is more important than knowledge. 

"Everything that doesn't kill you, males you stronger. And
later on you can use it in some story." -Tapani Bagge

"The difference between fiction and reality is
that fiction has to make sense." -Tom Clancy

I found this quote today and I really like it because life hardly ever makes sense...but that why we write, or at least that's why I write. So that I can get away from life and create a world that I understand. I don't even know who Tom Clancy is, but he sure has a pretty awesome quote.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Point of View

As National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) approaches, I am faced with several choices, on massive one is what point of view my novel should be in, so I thought this would be a good time to write up a post about Point of View.
What are the basics? Well, I can write in 1st person, 2nd person, or 3rd person. But there's more detail I have to get into in points of view, like the subcategories. Here's a list of the basic point of views: 
  • 1st person: Written using "I", like the hero is retelling the story. 
  1. 1st person multiple- Switches to different characters.
  2. 1st person limited- The entire story is spent in one characters mind.
  • 2nd person: Uses "you" (I have never read a novel in 2nd person)
  • 3rd Person: Written using "he, she, it", but you still know what the hero is thinking.
  1. Limited 3rd person- Follows one character.
  2. 3rd person multiple- Follows multiple people by switch to different characters after a scene is over.
  • Other:
  1. Omniscient- Told by a narrator who know what everyone is thinking. (This is different than 3rd person multiple because you can "switch" to different peoples thoughts during the same scene.)
  2. Objective- You don't go into any characters emotions, and simply tell the story.
Here are a few things I found out from several blogs/websites
When choosing a character for the point of view: (One character)
  • Who will be hurt by the action? Someone who is strongly affected emotionally usually makes the best POV character.
  • Who can be present the climax? Your POV character must be present, other wise we'll have to learn about the most important event in the story though second hand information.
  • Who gets most of the good scenes? You will need someone who is present at those too
  • Who will provide the most interesting outlook? What kind of observations do you want to make? Who would be best to make them?
You should use multiple points of views if...
  1. you want to show how your protagonist appears to others.
  2. your main viewpoint character is unreliable.
  3. the contrast between your protagonist's viewpoint and another person's viewpoint is central to the story conflict.
  4. you want to show precisely how dangerous your antagonist is.
Now, back to me.

It's best to use the least amount Point of View (POV) changes as possible. I understand having to use several characters' points of view in your story, my NaNoWriMo novel will switch between at least 5 people, but use the least amount of POV change because it can become confusing. In my NaNoWriMo novel, it will almost be like I'm telling 2 different stories, at times, but everything will have to be told in the right order, and not in two different stories, because both "stories" need each other and cannot be told a different times. My two choices for POV are 
  1. 1st person multiple- Switches to different characters.
  2. 3rd person multiple- Follows multiple people by switch to different characters after a scene is over.
Either would work for my story. I can't use any limited POV's or 2nd person. Omniscient and Objective just would work out very well. So here are some pros and cons to both POVs that I have to decide from.
  • 1st person multiple
1) easier to create emotion in 1st person.
2) I've almost finished a novel that written in first person, so it might be easier for me to write a novel
3) You understand the hero better and his/her motives
1) Switching POV in 1st person can be confusing.
  • 3rd person multiple
1) It's way less confusing when POV changes
1) It's more challenging to create emotion in 3rd person

I've read one book in 1st person multiple, and I thought the author did a great job of telling whose mind you where in. I want to write a 1st person multiple at some point in my life, but I'm not sure if I want to write it now, of save it for later.

I haven't read through this entirely, but I glanced over this Wikipedia article, and from what I saw, it was good. If you want to know more about a POV, then read this:


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chapter 10 Report

Chapter 10 was completed on Saturday, Sept. 8. (I’m two days ahead!) I change my mind a lot, and I quickly changed something to the story that will change a lot of things in the second book. I also need to find a better balance my time. I used to stay up late doing my writing, but lately I’ve been up doing Tae Kwon Do, so that I could test for a higher rank, which I'm doing on Friday! So I will be more challenging for me to do school, write, live my busy life, and add in TKD. But this isn't related to writing, so I’ll go back to chapter 10. The tension has been building, and now Loral gets to fight Dr. Drey with all she’s learned so far. Honestly, it’s hard to write a chapter 10 report because there’s so much to spoil in my story. In my editing, I think I might spread the stuff of chapter 9 more into chapter 10 because I feel like chapter 10 is a little light on tension, and like I said in the mid chapter 10 report, Loral was doing more thinking than doing, but if I spread things out more and add a bit more to chapter 9, then Loral will be thinking and doing, I'll probably end up doing that. It's Thursday evening, and I've only written 13 words on Chapter 11. Yes, I know, I', falling behind, but as I said before, I've been doing Tae Kwon Do. Here's my word count:
Chapter word count: 5,176
Book word count: 39,605

Friday, September 7, 2012

I've got a cover!

Yes, the excitement is here...I have a cover for my story! That means that I think my story is awesome. I like designing covers for stories that I think totally rock, like my current novel. If I ever publish my novel, the chances that I will use this cover are very small, I have some talented friends and I can do better than this as well, but my mind works in a way that one of the first things I make when I come up with a story is a cover, but this is not my first shot at a cover either. My first ones were just beyond bad, which I will not show you and probably not anyone. My covers help me think out my story (And are an outline of what I want my cover to be). I've been trying my best to stay true to my goals, too. I'm almost done with chapter 10, and my new goal is to complete chapter ten by Sept. 10, so that I have 1 month to complete chapter 11. I don't have anything much to say, until I complete chapter ten and write a chapter ten report, which will hopefully be published by Tuesday or so.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Goals and A Mid Chapter 10 Report

Hi everyone. September is finally here, which isn't so great...because that means there's only two months until Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) And I am currently planning on doing that. And if I don't finish Cavestone, then it might never get done then. So that means that I need to finish my novel, and I'm still on chapter 10! So I'm going to try and complete chapter 10 and 11 by October 10th and chapter 12 by November 1st. So, there we go. There's my goals. Now, for the...

Midway Report for Chapter 10

Yes, I’m a slow writer. I wrote my post about completing chapter 9 on June 24. I completed chapter nine the previous week. And it September now, so around two months later, I’m not even done with the tenth chapter. Chapter ten included my surprises for myself, like I had this character I had been meaning throw into the story somehow from almost the beginning and he came into the story in this chapter. During these two months, I’ve also edited chapter nine and put another character in there that need a spot, and he proved to be a big impact on C10 (chapter 10.) One of the reasons it took me a while to write C10 is because a lot of it is Loral reflecting on what has happened. There is still stuff going on, but Loral is mainly thinking. A second reason as to why it took me a long to finish is because I was trying to decide if I wanted to remove one of Loral’s objectives from the entire story and after thinking and thinking, I decided to leave it in because if I didn’t, then it would call for massive editing and the whole story would shift in a different direction. I was thinking of removing this key that unlocks the secrets of the universe, but then I’d have to invent another reason for why she was sent back in time and do massive edits, or remove, my sequel. I spent several weeks thinking about this and final decided to keep the key. C10 was also longer then I originally thought it would be. In my outline, it was a few pages that helped transition into the showdown, but chapter nine changed a lot and so C10 had too as well.  By the time I finished chapter nine, I knew C10 would be longer then the outline, but it grew even as I wrote it. C10 is also taking longer to write because I wrote a good deal less in the summer. One would think it would be the other way around, and so did I. I planned to write a lot more this summer then I had in the school year. My goal was to finish Cavestone by summers end, but I did not take into consideration the fact that I would go to Niagara Falls, go on a mission’s trip, and spend a weekend with my grandparents.

Chapter word count: 3,509
Book word count: 37,947